Stella has held a number of senior positions in public service, ranging from Chief Executive of local authorities like Coventry, Barking and Dagenham, Redditch and West Berkshire to Director – General in the UK Civil Service (Scottish Government) and worked at Birmingham City Council earlier in her career. She was Government appointed Commissioner Managing Director at Rotherham Council 2015/16. Stella has worked on improving frontline public services in a democratic environment as well as on regeneration, neighbourhood and community issues. Stella is a graduate of Cambridge University, post-graduate of University of Birmingham and Visiting Fellow of the Open University. She was awarded a CBE in 2007 for services to local government.